National Sports Awards 2018 announced; Mirabai Chanu, Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Sep 21, 2018 07:45 IST
National Sports Awards 2018; Mirabai Chanu, Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

The National Sports Awards 2018 were announced by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on September 20, 2018.

Cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will jointly be conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2018, India’s highest sporting honour.

This year, the Ministry received a large number of nominations for these awards. The nominations were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of a former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists, Experts and sports administrators.

• The Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar (Former Judge of High Court of Delhi High Court).

• The Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal (Former Chief Justice of High Court of Punjab and Haryana).  

• The Selection Committee for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar was headed by Rahul Bhatnagar, Secretary (Sports).

• The Selection Committee for MAKA Trophy was headed by Ashok Kumar, former Olympian.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018 recipients

S. No.

Name of the Sportsperson

Discipline

1.

S. Mirabai Chanu

Weightlifting

2.

Virat Kohli

Cricket

• The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is the highest sporting honour of India.

• The award is named after Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India who served the office from 1984 to 1989.

• The recipient(s) is/are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and is honoured for their "spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years" at international level.

• The award comprises a medallion, a citation, and a cash prize of Rupees 7.5 lakh.

Dronacharya Awards 2018 recipients

S. No.

Name of the Coach

Discipline

1

Subedar  Chenanda Achaiah  Kuttappa

Boxing

2

Vijay Sharma

Weightlifting

3

A. Srinivasa Rao

Table Tennis

4

Sukhdev  Singh  Pannu

Athletics

5

Clarence Lobo

Hockey (Life Time)

6

Tarak Sinha

Cricket (Life Time)

7

Jiwan Kumar Sharma

Judo (Life Time)

8

V.R. Beedu

Athletics (Life Time)

• The Dronacharya Award honours the sports coaches of India.

• The award is named after Drona, often referred as "Dronacharya" or "Guru Drona", a character from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata of ancient India.

• Recipients are selected by a committee constituted by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and are honoured to have done "outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enabled sportspersons to excel in international events" over a period of four years.

• The award comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a certificate, ceremonial dress, and a cash prize of Rupees 5 lakh.

Arjuna Awards 2018 recipients

S. No.

Name of the Sportsperson

Discipline

1

Neeraj Chopra

Athletics

2

Jinson Johnson

Athletics

3

Hima Das

Athletics

4

Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy

Badminton

5

Satish Kumar

Boxing

6

Smriti Mandhana

Cricket

7

Shubhankar Sharma

Golf

8

Manpreet Singh

Hockey

9

Savita

Hockey

10

Col. Ravi Rathore

Polo

11

Rahi Sarnobat

Shooting

12

Ankur Mittal

Shooting

13

Shreyasi Singh

Shooting

14

Manika Batra

Table Tennis

15

G. Sathiyan

Table Tennis

16

Rohan Bopanna

Tennis

17

Sumit

Wrestling

18

Pooja Kadian

Wushu

19

Ankur Dhama

Para-Athletics

20

Manoj Sarkar

Para-Badminton

• The Arjuna Awards are given by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports.

• Instituted in 1961, the award carries a cash prize of Rupees 5 lakh, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a scroll.

Dhyan Chand Award 2018 recipients

S. No.

Name of the Sportsperson

Discipline

1

Satyadev Prasad

Archery

2

Bharat Kumar Chetri

Hockey

3

Bobby Aloysius

Athletics

4

Chougale Dadu Dattatray

Wrestling

• The Dhyan Chand Award is the lifetime achievement sporting honour of India.

• The award is named after Dhyan Chand, an Indian field hockey player.

• Recipients are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured for their contributions to sports both during their active sporting career and after retirement.

• The award comprises a statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress, and a cash prize of Rupees 5 lakh.

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018 recipients

S. No.

Category

Name of the entity

1.

Identification and Nurturing of Budding & Young Talent

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited

2.

Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility

JSW Sports

3.

Sports for Development

Isha Outreach

  • Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and to individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.
  • Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar are awarded with the trophies and certificates.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18

The Guru Nanak Dev University of Amritsar was chosen as the recipient of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18.

  • The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) is awarded to the overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments.
  • The overall top performing university is awarded with the MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs 10 lakh and a certificate.
 

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